Rick Howlett

Broadcast Managing Editor

Rick has been a member of the WFPL News team since 2001 and has covered numerous beats and events over the years.   Most recently he’s been tracking the Indiana General Assembly and the region’s passion for sports, especially college basketball.


Local News
2:31 pm
Wed September 5, 2012

Arena Football Returns To Louisville

Louisville is getting a new professional indoor arena football team.

The Kentucky Xtreme will compete in the Continental Indoor Football League, which includes nine teams across the Midwest.

The Xtreme will play a ten game season in 2013, with five home games in Freedom Hall.

The team will be coached by Louisville native Roy McMillen, who played quarterback at Western Kentucky University. He was also an assistant coach for the Louisville Fire arena football team, which folded in 2008.

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Local News
4:22 pm
Tue September 4, 2012

Portland Shotgun House Chosen For Restoration Project

This home in the Portland neighborhood will be restored.

A home in Louisville’s Portland neighborhood has been chosen as the first for a restoration project aimed at preserving the city’s iconic shotgun houses.

Shotguns, characterized by a long, rectangular floor plan, are a common sight in Louisville’s older neighborhoods, but many have fallen into disrepair.

Preservation Louisville, Habitat for Humanity and New Directions Housing Corporation are teaming up for a restoration project called Save Our Shotguns.

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Local News
3:27 pm
Tue September 4, 2012

U of L Moves Up In College Football Polls

WFPL file photo
File photo

The University of Louisville football team has risen two places in the latest Associated Press national rankings.

The Cards are 23rd in this week’s poll, up from 25th going into their season opener against Kentucky.    U of L is 24thin the latest USA Today/coaches poll after being unranked last week.

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Local News
1:48 pm
Tue September 4, 2012

Daniels Says He Wouldn't Have Approved Purdue Office Renovation

Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels says he didn’t authorize a major renovation of the Purdue University president’s office and has asked that any work not completed be stopped.

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Local News
2:16 pm
Mon September 3, 2012

Kentucky State Court System To Observe Furlough Day Tuesday

Illustration from Wikipedia

Tuesday is the second of three furlough days in Kentucky’s state judicial system.

Courthouses across the state will be closed as part of the system’s budget cutting plan.

Most court operations, including pre-trial services, driver license branches and bond processing will be shut down.

The processing of domestic violence and emergency protective orders will not be affected.

The first court system furlough day was August 6; the third and final furlough day is October 15.

Local News
7:02 pm
Sun September 2, 2012

Cards Beat Wildcats 32-14

Photo from kentuckysportsradio.com

The Governor's Cup will remain in Louisville for another year.

The Louisville Cards defeated the Kentucky Wildcats 32-14 today as the programs renewed their rivalry for the 25th time.

It was Louisville's second straight victory over Kentucky but the first at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium since 2006.

U of L running back Jeremy Wright ran for three touchdowns and sophomore quarterback Teddy Bridgewater passed for 232 yards.

Senorise Perry added a 47 yard touchdown run for the Cards, and John Wallace kicked a 22 yard field goal.

Local News
3:50 pm
Fri August 31, 2012

Cards Not Taking UK Lightly

Photo from cardsandcats.com

The Kentucky Wildcats and Louisville Cardinals return to the football field this Sunday, facing off in the annual battle for the Governor’s Cup.

The Cards are ranked 25th nationally in the AP pre-season poll and heavily favored in this year’s matchup, but offensive lineman Alex Kupper says his team knows better than to take the Wildcats lightly.

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Local News
7:30 am
Fri August 31, 2012

Cards, Cats Facing Unique Challenges As Football Season Begins

Photo of Governor's Cup from kentuckysportsradio.com

University of Louisville and University of Kentucky football teams will meet for the 25th time this Sunday.

It’s the season opener for two teams facing a different set of challenges.

In Louisville, there are high expectations for coach Charlie Strong’s Cardinals. In his third season since he was hired away from Florida to turn around a program that faltered for three years under previous coach Steve Kragthorpe, Strong’s team is ranked 25th in the AP pre-season poll, and is favored to win the Big East Conference title.

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Local News
7:30 am
Thu August 30, 2012

Food Safety vs Dietary Choice: The Raw Milk Argument

Mike Dixxon (left), picks up his weekly supply of raw milk from dairy farmer Gary Oaks.

The debate over unpasteurized, or raw milk has been heating up in recent months. Those who drink it tout its nutritional benefits, but government health officials warn that consuming raw milk is not worth the risk of contracting a dangerous food-borne illness.

One day a week, in a church parking lot in Lexington, dairy farmer Gary Oaks hands out glass bottles of raw milk from of the bed of his pickup. It’s milk that goes directly from the cow to the bottle and then is quickly refrigerated. About forty people will stop by to collect their orders.

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Local News
5:01 pm
Wed August 29, 2012

FDA Confirms Indiana Cantaloupe Farm As Outbreak Source

Photo by Toby Hudson/Wikipedia

The Food and Drug Administration says salmonella found at a cantaloupe farm in southwestern Indiana matches the "DNA fingerprint" of the salmonella responsible for a deadly outbreak that sickened people in 21 states.

An FDA spokeswoman says testing was done on salmonella found on cantaloupes and surface areas at Chamberlain Farms in Owensville.

The results showed that the salmonella was of the same strain that caused the recent outbreak, which killed two Kentucky residents and sickened 178 people, including 62 who were hospitalized.

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